Anthony Perkins

Biography

Date of Birth 4 April 1932, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 12 September 1992, Hollywood, California, USA (pneumonia as a complication of AIDS) Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Spouse Berry Berenson (9 August 1973 - 12 September 1992) (his death) 2 children Trade Mark Played psychotic roles. Trivia Boycotted the 1987 television movie Bates Motel (1987) (TV). Son of Osgood Perkins. Father of Oz Perkins and Elvis Perkins. Entered Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in September 1950. Also on campus during his first year were Fred Rogers (of "MisteRogers' Neighborhood" (1968)) who graduated in 1951 and John Reardon, class of 1952. In 1953 he was offered a leading part in the movie The Actress (1953). Almost immediately after returning to his studies he left to replace John Kerr in "Tea and Sympathy" on Broadway. He never completed his degree but was given an honorary degree by the college some 20 years later. On September 11, 2001 his widow and mother of his two sons, Berry Berenson was one of the 58 victims on AA-11 out of Boston that terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center. Former brother-in-law of Marisa Berenson. Attended prestigious Buckingham Browne & Nichols high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Other alumni include "Sopranos" (1999) actress Ari Graynor, jazz musician Nate Peterson and Broadway star Lizzie Rose. Was an only child, and his mother and father gave him no middle name. Was cremated, and the superscription on his urn reads "Don't Fence Me In". Was into psychoanalysis, and was treated by Dr. Mildren Newman in New York, starting in the early 1950s and continuing into the late 1970s. During 1990, he got a blood sample taken due to a palsy on the side of his face. The "National Enquirer" illegally had Tony's blood sample tested for the AIDS virus, and found out that it was positive. Later that year, the "National Enquirer" wrote a story about his battle with AIDS, but the ironic thing was that he only found out that he was HIV positive from this article. He suspected that he probably was, but he never checked for it before the article was written. Had agreed to voice the dentist on "Simpsons" (1989) episode "Last Exit to Springfield" but died before work began. The role then went to Hank Azaria. Was nominated twice for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1958, as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Look Homeward, Angel," and in 1960, as Best Actor (Musical) for "Greenwillow." Shares his birthday with director Andrey Tarkovskiy . Was a huge admirer of Orson Welles , and was even planning on writing a book about him, but aborted the project in fear of upsetting his idol. Welles later said that he would have loved the idea. His performance as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) is ranked #4 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. Claimed that he was only attracted to men until he fell in love with Victoria Principal in the 1960s. Auditioned for the role of the Phantom in the original Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera". He lost the role to Robert Guillaume. Charles Winecoff's book "Anthony Perkins: Split Image" (Alyson Books, first published in 1996; 2006 10th Anniversary Revised Edition) illuminated Perkins' early life, his homosexuality, his later drug use and life with his family. Some contributors to the biography were Janet Leigh, Hilton A. Green, Jeff Fahey, John Gavin and Joseph Stefano, plus an impressive number of Perkins' friends and relatives. His wife, Berry Berenson, however, did not participate. According to the book, Perkins contracted the AIDS virus around the time of Psycho III (1986) and kept the illness secret for six years until his death so he could keep working and not worry his friends and his two sons. The only person who knew he was sick was his wife Berry. Anthony officially found out that he was HIV positive when the tabloid "National Enquirer" wrote a story about it in 1990. Author Winecoff amended his book with a chapter about the death of Berry Perkins nine years after the death of her husband, as a passenger on board ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11th, 2001. Became an ordained minister and performed the marriage of actor Dennis Hopper to his fourth wife, Katherine LaNasta, in 1989. Was a fan of Elvis Presley. Had a Top 30 Billboard hit in 1957 with the single "Moonlight Swim". Had an affair with Tab Hunter. Anthony Perkins campaigned at a rally for Governor Michael Dukakis in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, the night before the US presidential election of 1988 (Mon, 7 Nov 1988). Personal Quotes I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life. [statement made shortly before his death, on why he was private about his battle with AIDS] I chose not to go public about this because, to misquote Casablanca (1942), I'm not much at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of one old actor don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. [part of his last letter, given to his sons after his death] Boys, don't try to find a woman as wonderful as your mother to marry because if you do, you'll stay single your whole lives. [on playing "Norman Bates" in Psycho (1960)] Not many people know this, but I was in New York rehearsing for a play [Frank Loesser's "Greenwillow"] when the shower scene was filmed in Hollywood. It is rather strange to go through life being identified with this sequence knowing that it was my double. Actually, the first time I saw Psycho (1960) and that shower scene was at the studio. I found it really scary. I was just as frightened as anybody else. Working on the picture, though, was one of the happiest filming experiences of my life. We had fun making it - never realizing the impact it would have. [When his interviewer suggested that a boy's best friend is his mother] She's not only his best friend, she's his most ardent lover. I have a lot of affection for Norman Bates and a lot of sympathy. So does the audience, I think. He's not just a monster. He's tortured. The real secret of the "Psycho" movies is that they're tragedies first and horror movies second. The violence in the "Psycho" movies is born out of plot, passion and character ... Don't just dispatch people by six to the reel and say its entertainment. [On playing Norman Bates and the Psycho movies] I think it's my favorite role as well. So many thousands of people have come up to me on the street and in hotel lobbies and in department stores and have shared their experiences of seeing the films with me. It's always been with the greatest amount of pleasure that they've done so. They've told me stories about the dates they had with their future wives, and they've told me stories about sneaking out of the bathroom window and seeing it against their parents orders - and many stories like that, which have imprinted it into their minds. Always with a feeling of having been entertained and having been taken in by the story and having a good time. Of course, I enjoy that. [On playing Norman Bates] It is the Hamlet of horror roles, and you can never quite get enough of playing Norman Bates. It's always interesting. The real secret of Psycho (1960) is that it's a tragedy first and a horror movie second. [On Norman Bates] I do have affection for Norman as a person. He does the best he can out of the diminished circumstances with which his personality stranded him, and Norman's childhood was difficult and traumatic. Norman is, at heart, a benevolent soul, with a dark side, but Norman's conscious mind is always on the positive things in life.

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Psycho

Norman Bates

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Psycho II

Norman Bates

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The Black Hole

Dr. Alex Durant

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Psycho III

Norman Bates

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Psycho IV: The Beginning

Norman Bates

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The Trial

Josef K.

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Les Miserables

Javert

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North Sea Hijack

Lou Kramer

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Edge of Sanity

Dr. Henry Jekyll / Jack 'The Ripper' Hyde

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On the Beach

Lt. Peter Holmes

Starring In
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My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock

Self (archive footage)

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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

Norman Bates (archive footage)

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Tab Hunter Confidential

Himself (archive footage)

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Magician: Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles

Self (archive footage)

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

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100 Years of Universal - The Lot

Norman Bates (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Sing Your Song

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Psycho Legacy

Himself (archive footage)

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Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

Norman Bates (archive footage)

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Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live

Himself (archive footage)

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The Cockettes

Self (archive footage)

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Boogeymen - The Killer Compilation

Norman Bates (Psycho) (archive footage)

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In the Deep Woods

Paul Miller, P.I.

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A Demon in My View

Arthur Johnson

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Psycho IV: The Beginning

Norman Bates

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Daughter Of Darkness

Anton / Prince Constantine

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Edge of Sanity

Dr. Henry Jekyll / Jack 'The Ripper' Hyde

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Destroyer

Robert Edwards

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Psycho III

Norman Bates

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Crimes of Passion

Rev. Peter Shayne

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The Glory Boys

Jimmy (unknown episodes)

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Psycho II

Norman Bates

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North Sea Hijack

Lou Kramer

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Double Negative

Lawrence Miles

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The Black Hole

Dr. Alex Durant

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Twice a Woman

Alfred

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Winter Kills

John Cerruti

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Les Miserables

Javert

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Mahogany

Sean McAvoy

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Murder on the Orient Express

McQueen

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Aus Liebe zu Molly

Gid

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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Rev. Mr. LaSalle

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Play It As It Lays

B.Z.

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Ten Days' Wonder

Charles Van Horn - le fils déséquilibré de Théo

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Someone Behind The Door

Laurence Jeffries

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How Awful About Allan

Allan

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Catch-22

Chaplain Tappman

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WUSA

Rainey

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King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

Self (archive footage)

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Pretty Poison

Dennis Pitt

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The Champagne Murders

Christopher

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Is Paris Burning?

Sgt. Warren

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The Fool Killer

Milo Bogardus

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Une Ravissante Idiote (A Ravishing Idiot)

Harry Compton / Nicolas Sergueievitch Miloukne

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The Trial

Josef K.

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Five Miles to Midnight

Robert Macklin

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Fedra

Alexis

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Le glaive et la balance

Johnny Parsons

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Goodbye Again

Philip Van der Besh

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Psycho

Norman Bates

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Tall Story

Ray Blent

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On the Beach

Lt. Peter Holmes

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Green Mansions

Abel

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Desire Under the Elms

Eben Cabot

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The Matchmaker

Cornelius Hackl

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This Angry Age

Joseph Dufresne

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The Tin Star

Sheriff Ben Owens

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The Jimmy Piersall Story

Jim Piersall

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The Lonely Man

Riley Wade

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Friendly Persuasion

Josh Birdwell

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Theaterfieber

Fred Whitmarsh

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Il Vestito che Uccide

Prof. Buchanan

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